About the Shichon
The Shichon is a mixed breed dog that is the result of breeding a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu.
This type of dog is commonly referred to as a hybrid or a designer breed. Also known as a Zuchon and teddy bear breed.
The Shichon is known for inheriting some of the best qualities from both parent breeds. They tend to be spunky and alert and love to play. They are also very affectionate and crave being with people. They become devoted to their families and do not do well when separated for long periods of time, they also have a tendency to bark if they are not socialised, so training will be needed.
For the most part, this dog will manage to take care of its exercise needs on its own. That said, this breed of dog will enjoy being taken out on walks and will enjoy playing out in the open. But is also happy to play in a garden or taken outside and spend the rest lying on your lap or next to you.
The Shichon coat
The Shichon takes its appearance from both breeds. For the most part, the Shichon will have a double coat that has an outer coat which is loosely curled and fluffy or tight curly and an undercoat that is fine, soft, and silky. The undercoat of this breed will usually be between three and four inches in length. It can also have a fine coat that does grow slower but is also long.
For the most part, this breed is considered to be hypoallergenic because it does not shed much. Generally, the Shichon is not a heavy shedder but they do lose some hair, which is one reason why this dog is so popular with families with allergies.
The coat of the Shichon will require regular brushing and the dog will need to be bathed when necessary to keep the coat, healthy, and clean.
The colours of the Shichon will vary based on the colours of the parents. Many are white like the Bichon Frise, but the dog may also take colouring from the Shih Tzu breed as well.
The size of the breed will usually be somewhat small. They are around 9-12 inches high. And weight can be 8lb up to 25lb.
The average life expectancy of the Shichon tends to be about 15 years.
Health issues and maintenance
A good diet is needed as they can suffer with digestion problems.
The Shichon does not have a lot of significant maintenance issues, For the most part, this dog will manage to take care of its exercise needs on its own.
The coat of the Shichon will require regular brushing and the dog will need to be bathed and cut when necessary to keep the coat, healthy, and clean.
The Shichon can have the reverse sneeze, this does not affect the dog but can be worrying for you when you first see it.